Issuing a marriage certificate

When you get married, your marriage is entered in the marriage register of the registry office and thus notarized.

The marriage is entered (notarized) in the marriage register of the registry office. On the basis of this notarization as long as the register entry has not yet been stored, also on the basis of a record the registry office issues a marriage certificate on request.

The following are included in a marriage certificate:

  • the first and last names of the spouses,
  • the place and day of their birth,
  • if applicable, religious affiliation and
  • Place and day of marriage.

If the marriage is dissolved, this is announced at the end of the marriage certificate.

In addition, a certified printout from the marriage register can also be issued.

The application can be made orally, in writing or by fax. Many registry offices have also placed an electronic form on their website with which documents can be ordered.


The personal data of the civil status registers are subject to data protection. Marriage certificates can therefore only be issued

  • for persons to whom the entry refers

as well as their

  • Spouse
  • Life partners (within the meaning of the Civil Partnership Act) and
  • Ancestors and descendants.

Other persons, including closer relatives such as siblings, aunts and uncles, only receive a marriage certificate if they can credibly demonstrate a legal interest (for example, with a letter from the probate court, a court judgment or an enforceable title).


Personal application:

  • Visit the responsible registry office.
  • For legitimation, present your identity card or passport.
  • As a rule, you pay the fee in advance when applying at the registry office.

A person of your trust can apply for and pick up the certificate for you, your representative will present your own identity card or passport in addition to a written power of attorney and your identity card or passport or a certified copy thereof.

Application by post or fax

  • Send an informal letter to the responsible registry office with the request to issue you with a marriage certificate. Depending on the offer of the city or municipality, you will also find application forms on the Internet.
  • Your letter must contain the following information:
    • Surname, first name
    • Date and place of birth
    • Date of marriage
    • Spouse details
    • if known: registry office and notarization number
  • Enclose a certified copy of your identity card or passport with the letter.
  • By sending the certificate, you will receive a fee notice.

Related Links

  • § 55 Civil Status Act (PStG)
  • § 56 Civil Status Act (PStG)
  • § 57 Civil Status Act (PStG)
  • § 62 Civil Status Act (PStG)
  • § 48 Civil Status Ordinance (PStV)
  • lfd. No. 16.6.1 of the Land Ordinance on the Fees of General and Internal Administration, including the Police Administration (Special List of Fees)

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